Many people clean their tubs differently and some people have tried and true methods that work for them, here's mine!
As stated throughout the blog I am not a full blown crunchy mom but I have my moments. There are areas where it matters to me to be safe and gentle and cleaning my son and the area he bathes is one of them.
We all know bath toys are a breeding ground for mold. When my son was first born I was told to soak his bath toys in bleach. First off I am not a fan of bleach (can't stand the smell) and second I just plain didn't like that idea.
I researched alternative ways and found this:
1 part dawn
2 parts vinegar
You fill your tub with really hot water and mix in the soap and vinegar, if you have "squirty" bath toys you fill them up with this solution and shake them around then when emptying the tub you also quirt out that water. You can rinse the tub and be done!
I love this because you don't have to worry about thoroughly rinsing the tub after cleaning because you have not used any harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubs.
You don't have to do much scrubbing either, that all depends on the state of your tub, if you are doing this at least once a week then the amount of work you do is so minimal, just soak and rinse.
I have to clean my tub frequently because I cloth diaper my son and use the bucket plunger method which means i also use my sons bath. We also bathe our dogs in the bath. So this method is awesome for my household!
** Here is my "super mom" tip. I don't measure. I grab the bottle of vinegar and dump until pleased, I grab my soap pump (not often dawn) from my sink and pump until pleased. I usually let sit till water cools and drain and quick rinse. Done.